“Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret.Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.” -synopsis from Goodreads.com
I have recently created a list of all the books on my Kindle with the slightly daunting task of reading or re-reading them and also blogging about them. With that in mind, I struggled a little but ended up choosing Terah Edun’s Sworn To Raise to start off with. For the past week, it’s done nothing but rain, creating the perfect setting for curling up with a good book, something I definitely took advantage of.
Let’s start with the obvious, this cover is stunning, and it fits the mental image of Ciardis conjured by the author’s description. Ciardis’ fiery attitude makes her a witty and enjoyable protagonist and also seems to get her into quite a bit of trouble. I find her relationship with Sebastian, the prince, to be both exciting and fun as it is full of sibling-like banter and adventure. Aside from Ciardis and Sebastian, Edun has supplied supporting characters who, while not as dimensional, provide entertaining dialogue and help guide Ciardis in her journey to become a Companion.
Being a Companion appears to be an interesting and diverse occupation that both genders can be appointed to. While some Companions also become spouses, the position does not require romantic or sexual interaction. Companions are valuable, life-long acquisitions that provide their patrons with different skills and magical talents, although not all Companions possess magic. Ciardis’ arrival to the Guild and the discovery of her rare Weathervane origins make her a particularly prized asset eagerly sought after by all.
I enjoy the world that Sworn To Raise takes place in. Magic interacts with both the land and the individuals in a new way. For example, weather mages can manipulate their magic into spells that maintain the temperature of an area, most commonly a room, and create a sort of air conditioning. I thought this to be a clever form of climate control! It’s exciting to discover the various talents among the different types of mages introduced throughout the novel, and I’m sure that Sworn to Raise only scratches the surface of the different magical abilities in Edun’s world. In an hierarchical society usually ruled by a king and succeeded by a male heir, I was also surprised and delighted to find out that families take the last names of their mothers.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For a free ebook, there were minimal errors and the writing was fairly elevated. I thought the story line was creative and thrilling. I already own books two and three of the Courtlight series (seven books) and am looking forward to purchasing the other books. I recommend Sworn To Raise (free Kindle download here) to any reader looking for a lively adventure!
Have any of you read Terah Edun’s work before? I would love to hear your thoughts on either the Courtlight series or her any of her other books!
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